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Stillwell, John

Works: 49 works in 391 publications in 3 languages and 11,342 library holdings
Genres: History  Textbooks  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Translator, Illustrator, Editor, tra, Contributor
Classifications: QA21, 510
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Most widely held works by John Stillwell
Mathematics and its history by John Stillwell( Book )

71 editions published between 1989 and 2014 in English and German and held by 1,735 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recoge los cambios en esta ciencia desde el teorema de Pitágoras hasta la computación, incluyendo breves biografías de matemáticos eminentes y ejercicios
Classical topology and combinatorial group theory by John Stillwell( Book )

41 editions published between 1980 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 909 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a well-balanced introduction to topology that stresses geometric aspects. Focusing on historical background and visual interpretation of results, it emphasizes spaces with few dimensions, where visualization is possible, and interaction with combinatorial group theory via the fundamental group. It also present algorithms for topological problems. Most of the results and proofs are known, but some have been simplified or placed in a new perspective. Over 300 illustrations, many interesting exercises, and challenging open problems are included. New in this edition is a chapter on unsolvable problems, which includes the first textbook proof that the main problem of topology, the homeomorphism problem, is unsolvable
Numbers and geometry by John Stillwell( Book )

15 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 874 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Numbers and Geometry is a beautiful and relatively elementary account of a part of mathematics where three main fields - algebra, analysis, and geometry - meet. The aim of this book is to give a broad view of these subjects at the level of calculus, without being a calculus (or a pre-calculus) book. Its roots are in arithmetic and geometry, the two opposite poles of mathematics, and the source of historic conceptual conflict. The resolution of this conflict, and its role in the development of mathematics, is one of the main stories in the book. The key is algebra, which brings arithmetic and geometry together, and allows them to flourish and branch out in new directions
Elements of algebra : geometry, numbers, equations by John Stillwell( Book )

25 editions published between 1994 and 2010 in English and Italian and held by 823 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a concise, self-contained introduction to abstract algebra which stresses its unifying role in geometry and number theory. There is a strong emphasis on historical motivation - both to trace abstract concepts to their concrete roots, but also to show the power of new ideas to solve old problems. This approach shows algebra as an integral part of mathematics and makes this text more informative to both beginners and experts than others. Classical results of geometry and number theory (such as straightedge-and-compass construction and its relation to Fermat primes) are used to motivate and illustrate algebraic techniques, and classical algebra itself (solutions of cubic and quartic equations) is used to motivate the problem of solvability by radicals and its solution via Galois theory. Modern methods are used whenever they are clearer or more efficient, but technical machinery is introduced only when needed. The lively style and clear expositions make this book a pleasure to read and to learn from
Geometry of surfaces by John Stillwell( Book )

21 editions published between 1992 and 2010 in English and held by 715 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This text intends to provide the student with the knowledge of a geometry of greater scope than the classical geometry taught today, which is no longer an adequate basis for mathematics or physics, both of which are becoming increasingly geometric. The geometry of surfaces is an ideal starting point for students learning geometry for the following reasons; first, the extensions offer the simplest possible introduction to fundamentals of modern geometry: curvature, group actions and covering spaces. Second, the prerequisites are modest and standard and include only a little linear algebra, calculus, basic group theory and basic topology. Third and most important, the theory of surfaces of constant curvature has maximal connectivity with the rest of mathematics. They realize all the topological types of compact two-dimensional manifolds, and historically, they are the source of the main concepts of complex analysis, differential geometry, topology, and combinatorial group theory, as well as such hot topics as fractal geometry and string theory. The formal coverage is extended by exercises and informal discussions throughout the text
Roads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proof by John Stillwell( Book )

14 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 664 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers an introduction to modern ideas about infinity and their implications for mathematics. It unifies ideas from set theory and mathematical logic, and traces their effects on mainstream mathematical topics of today, such as number theory and combinatorics.--From publisher description
The four pillars of geometry by John Stillwell( Book )

4 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 596 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Four Pillars of Geometry approaches geometry in four different ways, devoting two chapters to each. This makes the subject accessible to readers of all mathematical tastes, from the visual to the algebraic. Not only does each approach offer a different view; the combination of viewpoints yields insights not available in most books at this level. For example, it is shown how algebra emerges from projective geometry, and how the hyperbolic plane emerges from the real projective line." "All readers are sure to find something new in this attractive text, which is abundantly supplemented with figures and exercises. This book will be useful for an undergraduate geometry course, a capstone course, or a course aimed at future high school teachers."--Résumé de l'éditeur
Yearning for the impossible : the surprising truths of mathematics by John Stillwell( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 535 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the history of mathematics from the perspective of the creative tension between common sense and the "impossible" as the author follows the discovery or invention of new concepts that have marked mathematical progress: - Irrational and Imaginary Numbers - The Fourth Dimension - Curved Space - Infinity and others The author puts these creations into a broader context involving related "impossibilities" from art, literature, philosophy, and physics. By imbedding mathematics into a broader cultural context and through his clever and enthusiastic explication of mathematical ideas the author broadens the horizon of students beyond the narrow confines of rote memorization and engages those who are curious about the place of mathematics in our intellectual landscape."--P.ublisher description
Elements of number theory by John Stillwell( Book )

17 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 430 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book is a concise introduction to number theory and some related algebra, with an emphasis on solving equations in integers. Finding integer solutions led to two fundamental ideas of number theory in ancient times - the Euclidean algorithm and unique prime factorization - and in modern times to two fundamental ideas of algebra - rings and ideals." "The development of these ideas, and the transition from ancient to modern, is the main theme of the book. The historical development has been followed where it helps to motivate the introduction of new concepts, but modern proofs have been used where they are simpler, more natural, or more interesting. These include some that have not yet appeared in textbooks, such as a treatment of the Pell equation using Conway's theory of quadratic forms. Also, this is the only elementary number theory book that includes significant applications of ideal theory. It is clearly written, well illustrated, and supplied with carefully designed exercises, making it a pleasure to use as an undergraduate textbook or for independent study."--Jacket
Sources of hyperbolic geometry by John Stillwell( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in English and held by 427 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naive lie theory by John Stillwell( Book )

26 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 328 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Until recently, lie theory has been reserved for practictioners, with no lie theory for mathematical beginners. This book aims to fill that gap and it covers all the basics at a level appropriate for junior/senior level undergraduates
Mathematical evolutions( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of mathematics : from Euclid to Gödel by John Stillwell( Book )

8 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 183 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Elements of Mathematics takes readers on a fascinating tour that begins in elementary mathematics but, as John Stillwell shows, this subject is not as elementary or straightforward as one might think. Not all topics that are part of today's elementary mathematics were always considered as such, and great mathematical advances and discoveries had to occur in order for certain subjects to become "elementary." Stillwell examines elementary mathematics from a distinctive twenty-first-century viewpoint and describes not only the beauty and scope of the discipline, but also its limits. From Gaussian integers to propositional logic, Stillwell delves into arithmetic, computation, algebra, geometry, calculus, combinatorics, probability, and logic. He discusses how each area ties into more advanced topics to build mathematics as a whole. Through a rich collection of basic principles, vivid examples, and interesting problems, Stillwell demonstrates that elementary mathematics becomes advanced with the intervention of infinity. Infinity has been observed throughout mathematical history, but the recent development of "reverse mathematics" confirms that infinity is essential for proving well-known theorems, and helps to determine the nature, contours, and borders of elementary mathematics. Elements of Mathematics gives readers, from high school students to professional mathematicians, the highlights of elementary mathematics and glimpses of the parts of math beyond its boundaries
The real numbers : an introduction to set theory and analysis by John Stillwell( Book )

15 editions published between 2013 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 141 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While most texts on real analysis are content to assume the real numbers, or to treat them only briefly, this text makes a serious study of the real number system and the issues it brings to light. Analysis needs the real numbers to model the line, and to support the concepts of continuity and measure. But these seemingly simple requirements lead to deep issues of set theory"uncountability, the axiom of choice, and large cardinals. In fact, virtually all the concepts of infinite set theory are needed for a proper understanding of the real numbers, and hence of analysis itself. By focusing on the set-theoretic aspects of analysis, this text makes the best of two worlds: it combines a down-to-earth introduction to set theory with an exposition of the essence of analysis"the study of infinite processes on the real numbers. It is intended for senior undergraduates, but it will also be attractive to graduate students and professional mathematicians who, until now, have been content to "assume" the real numbers. Its prerequisites are calculus and basic mathematics. Mathematical history is woven into the text, explaining how the concepts of real number and infinity developed to meet the needs of analysis from ancient times to the late twentieth century. This rich presentation of history, along with a background of proofs, examples, exercises, and explanatory remarks, will help motivate the reader. The material covered includes classic topics from both set theory and real analysis courses, such as countable and uncountable sets, countable ordinals, the continuum problem, the Cantor-Schröder-Bernstein theorem, continuous functions, uniform convergence, Zorn's lemma, Borel sets, Baire functions, Lebesgue measure, and Riemann integrable functions
The four pillars of geometry by John Stillwell( Book )

21 editions published between 2005 and 2010 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Demonstrates that geometry can be developed in four fundamentally different ways, and that all should be used if the subject is to be shown in all its splendour. Containing more than 100 figures, this book includes two chapters devoted to each approach, the first being concrete and introductory, while the second is more abstract
Wahrheit, Beweis, Unendlichkeit : eine mathematische Reise zu den vielseitigen Auswirkungen der Unendlichkeit by John Stillwell( Book )

5 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in German and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In dem Buch erkundet der preisgekrönte Autor John Stillwell die Konsequenzen, die sich ergeben, wenn man die Unendlichkeit akzeptiert, und diese Konsequenzen sind vielseitig und überraschend. Der Leser benötigt nur wenig über die Schulmathematik hinausgehendes Hintergrundwissen; es reicht die Bereitschaft, sich mit ungewohnten Ideen auseinanderzusetzen. Stillwell führt den Leser sanft in die technischen Details von Mengenlehre und Logik ein, indem jedes Kapitel einem einzigen Gedankengang folgt, der mit einer natürlichen mathematischen Frage beginnt und dann anhand einer Abfolge von historischen Antworten nachvollzogen wird. Auf diese Weise zeigt der Autor, wie jede Antwort ihrerseits zu neuen Fragen führt, aus denen wiederum neue Begriffe und Sätze entstehen. Jedes Kapitel endet mit einem Abschnitt "Historischer Hintergrund", der das Thema in den größeren Zusammenhang der Mathematik und ihrer Geschichte einordnet
Trees by Jean-Pierre Serre( Book )

7 editions published between 1980 and 2003 in English and Undetermined and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The present book is an English translation of "Arbres, Amalgames, SL(2)", published in 1977 by J-P. Serre, and written with the collaboration of H. Bass. The first chapter describes the "arboreal dictionary" between graphs of groups and group actions on trees. The second chapter gives applications to the Bruhat-Tits tree of SL(2) over a local field
Flächen und ebene diskontinuierliche Gruppen by Heiner Zieschang( Book )

2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Planning Support Systems and Smart Cities by Stan Geertman( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a selection of the best and peer-reviewed articles presented at the CUPUM (Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management) conference, held in the second week of July 2015 at MIT in Boston, USA. The contributions provide state-of the art overview of the availability and application of Planning Support Systems (PSS) in the framework of Smart Cities
Ethnicity and integration by John C. H Stillwell( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme of this volume is ethnicity and the implications for integration of our increasingly ethnically diversified population, with topics covering demographics and migration of ethnic groups, measures of integration or segregation, health and labour market characteristics, ethnicity and crime and ethnic population projections
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Stillwell, J. C. 1942-

Stillwell, J. (John)

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Stillwell, John C.

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Stillwell, John C. H.

Stillwell, John C. (John Colin)

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Classical topology and combinatorial group theoryNumbers and geometryElements of algebra : geometry, numbers, equationsGeometry of surfacesRoads to infinity : the mathematics of truth and proofThe four pillars of geometryYearning for the impossible : the surprising truths of mathematicsElements of number theory